This issue provides the “30,000 foot view” of the evolution of the Fed’s quantitative tightening, which is draining liquidity from global markets, in particular EU, China, and developing countries. There’s no free lunch with ZIPR and that bill is coming due. Thanks largely to tax reform and the rollback of the regulations, the American economy is back with a 3.0% growth in GDP over the last 12 months ended September 30. Employment and wages are up and retailers expect a booming holiday season with sales growth projected to exceed 5%. Moreover, long-term growth prospects have brightened thanks to the administration’s Opportunity Zone program, which is poised to bring as much as $6 trillion of investment capital to “hollowed out” America. The U.S., once more, is the engine that drives the drives the global economy. The housing sector continues to lag, signaling, in part, the impact that rising rates, home prices and the high “cap ex” required to obtain a mortgage. With housing finance reform languishing for a decade in Congress, many speculate that administrative reforms will have to do the heavy lifting for housing finance reform. The changing of the guard in FHFA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac provides the Trump administration an opportunity to recalibrate housing finance and its regulatory structure, which is a costly and unwieldy burden on homeownership. Ultimately, the results of the midterm election will determine if...Read More
The October issue examines the technologies that are slowly, but surely, disrupting the healthcare sector. In this extraordinary time in healthcare, technology has the ability to change everything. Artificial Intelligence and Big Data automates and expedites the identification of patients at risk of disease and the recommended treatment courses of action. The Internet of Medical Things, comprised of some 500,000 medical devices, increases the speed and accuracy of diagnosis and treatment of disease and allows doctors to monitor patients’ status in real time. Blockchain technology will securely store medical records, ensuring accurate information for all participants on the chain, including healthcare workers, insurers, patients and pharmacists. Big Tech companies—including Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft—are elbowing their way into the healthcare space, providing cloud storage and analytics, e-commerce distribution of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals, and patient healthcare hubs via smart phone. Ultimately, new technologies—including augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, genomic information and gene editing—will transform today’s healthcare system into a responsive efficient system that improves our quality of life and longevity. View Full Report Here » View Archived Reports » Login to view current and archived reports Username or Email Password Remember Me Forgot Password? Join...Read More
Raconteur’s Internet of Things for Business, Finbarr Toesland | Nov. 28, 2017
You’d have to be living in some kind of a news blackout not to have heard chatter about cryptocurrencies recently. The granddaddy of ‘em all–BitCoin–has appreciated roughly 2000% over the past twelve months. This puts the total value of all BitCoin close $300B, making it more valuable than roughly 490 of the companies in the Fortune 500 – and far more valuable than any of the banks that were deemed too big to fail during the financial crisis.
The Week | Feb. 3, 2018
In the not too distant future, minuscule robots could soon deliver drugs within the body. The one-seventh inch rubber robotic device, which walks, jumps, crawls, rolls and swims, has not yet been tested in humans yet.